Member for Forrest Nola Marino has announced $13 million in Federal funding to the Busselton Jetty Incorporated for the construction of the Busselton Australian Underwater Centre.
The funding was approved by Minister for Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack as part of the Regional Growth Fund.
Mrs Marino said the project would include an elliptical shaped observatory centre with the largest underwater windows in the natural environment in the world.
“The Busselton Jetty is one of the most popular attractions in the South West and this development will only increase that popularity,” Mrs Marino said.
“There are already plans for a function centre, underwater dining area, underwater lighting for night viewing as well as the development of underwater habitats and artificial reefs.
“There will also be interactive and educational exhibits which will bring families and schools to the centre to learn more about the environment.”
Mrs Marino said the development would be a “world-class” offering and would help secure the jetty’s visitor appeal well into the future.
“This development will add more layers to the whole jetty experience,” Mrs Marino said.
“This way, more individuals, businesses and groups will be able to benefit from this Federal Government investment in what is a world-class tourism destination here in our South West.”
Construction on the centre is expected to be completed by June 2022.